Accession Number:

AD0768709

Title:

Analysis of Vapors Emitted from Military Mines

Descriptive Note:

Special rept.

Corporate Author:

COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER NH

Report Date:

1973-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

18.0

Abstract:

The vapor evolving from several types of intact military mines was analyzed using gas chromatography and gas chromatographymass spectroscopy. Cyclohexanone was positively identified in the vapor from M15 metallic and M19 nonmetallic antitank mines. This compound originates from composition B, the explosive used in these mines. Acetone, toluene and an unknown organo-silicon compound were identified and are attributable to the nonmetallic mine casings. Although positive mass spectral identification is lacking, chromatographic data obtained using an electron capture detector indicated that 2, 4, 6 trinitrotoluene was detected in the vapor from the M16 metallic antipersonnel mines which are loaded with TNT.

Subject Categories:

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Aerial Bombs

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE